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AACR Early-career Hill Day​

In 2018, the AACR will once again offer the fantastic opportunity for approximately 15 Associate Members to engage and educate key congressional leadership regarding the needs of cancer researchers, particularly those early in their careers, in Washington, D.C., March 6-7. Applications to participate in this annual​ AACR Early-career Hill Day are now open through 1 p.m. ET, Friday, Dec. 29.

How to Ap​​ply

  1. Go to your myAACR account and login.

  2. Ensure all your profile information is up-to-date in myAACR.

  3. Go to the Applications tab within myAACR and you should automatically be redirected to our new, streamlined application platform, FluidReview.

  4. In FluidReview, access a list of all open applications for which you are individually eligible by clicking “View All Activities.” Note, your myAACR Associate Member account must be paid through Dec. 31, 2017, or you will not be able to view this application in FluidReview

  5. Click on the AACR Early-career Hill Day application option and complete the necessary tasks/steps indicated for that application by the deadline, including any additional upload of files that are requested.

  6. Once you submit, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, go back and make sure you clicked the submission button at the bottom of the application task list.

Overview of Hill D​ay Activities

  • Participants will be divided into groups to meet face-to-face with senators and House representatives and/or their key staff member(s).
  • Each group will attend four or five meetings on Capitol Hill during the event.
  • During each meeting, participants will have the opportunity to share first-hand stories about the impact of cancer research funding on their career and how cancer may have personally touched their life or that of a loved one.
  • A special training webinar will be held in advance, in addition to a welcome and briefing dinner, to emphasize key messaging points for the event.
  • In addition to activities during the Hill Day, participants may be asked to contribute to further advocacy efforts after the event.

Don't miss out on your chance to participate in this opportunity to interact with, and advocate to, congressional leadership! Applications are being accepted from AACR Associate Members in good standing (dues paid through Dec. 31, 2017) through Dec. 29.

If you are unable to attend, there is still an opportunity to get involved! In conjunction with the Hill Day, we annually invite early-career scientists anywhere in the U.S. to participate in the National Day of Action. During this National Day of Action, investigators are encouraged to contact their congressional representative and senators to urge them to support robust, sustained and predictable funding increases for the National Institutes of Health. It only takes a few minutes to send an email and/or call your congressional representative and senators, and your voice can greatly help advance our message to Congress!

Select Comments from​​ Previous Attendees

"This event was a tremendous occasion as it trained me and my fellow early-career bench scientists in how to take our story and message to Capitol Hill. As a biomedical scientist, I have been trained in the responsibilities in the laboratory. But I also see the great value in being a 'civic' scientist. Each and every one of us has a part to play in bridging the gap between science and society." - Lee D. Gibbs, BS

“This year's AACR Early-career Hill Day was a valuable learning experience for me. I gained unique insight into the legislative environment that directly influences funding for biomedical research, and realized that fostering dialogue between young scientists and policymakers is highly important. Through my meetings with congressional offices, I was encouraged to learn that legislators are aware and concerned about the exceptionally competitive funding situation being faced by researchers, and are working towards alleviating this problem by increasing the NIH budget.” - Jennifer C. Shing, PhD

"My driving passion is in making an impact on cancer and I can now appreciate that science policy and legislation is a powerful avenue to do that.” - Eric C. Woolf, MS

Histo​​​ry

In February 2016 and March 2017, the AACR met with legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to advocate for increased funding for cancer research and medical science through the NIH and the NCI, and to promote the importance of early-career investigators to the research ecosystem and our country's continued global leadership in science. This collaboration between the Associate Member Council (AMC) and the AACR Office of Science Policy and Government Affairs is an important opportunity for Associate Members to engage in advocacy at the federal level and educate lawmakers on the progress and promise in cancer research, and why it is important to invest in the future of cancer research.

Over the course of one day, 15 Associate Members and one member of the AACR Science Policy and Government Affairs Committee attend over 30 meetings split between the House and Senate sides of the Hill.

Additional information about the AACR Early-career Hill Day as well as photos can be found on Twitter via #AACRHillDay and #AACRAMC.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to amc@aacr.org